Weekending at Oven and Earth Farm

June 10, 2013 · 9 comments

celery starts // Wayward Spark

I woke up sore this morning. And tired. It feels kinda great.

The kids and I spent most of this past weekend at my parents’ place, sometimes known as Oven and Earth Farm. My mom bought a big trampoline about a month ago, so now when we’re over there, the kids just rotate from trampoline to sandbox (still around from when my brother and I were little) to swingset/playhouse and back to the trampoline. They barely need any adult instruction or intervention besides the hourly snack deliveries and water breaks. That means that my parents and I can get a whole lot of work done on these long, summery days.

Maybe I should have been sanding cutting boards, picking more strawberries, or cleaning my house, but instead I spent a good part of my weekend hoeing weeds, mowing, and planting the (above) celery starts. And eating popsicles, Instagramming, and jumping on the trampoline. (It’s quite the workout!)

It was also my dad’s birthday on Friday, so Saturday night, we had a little barbecue birthday party with my brother, sister in law, and cutest niece, who’s just now old enough to really play with my kids (and they all love each other). It was pretty much the perfect weekend, and I honestly haven’t felt this healthy in quite a while. It’s nice to finally shake off that winter funk.

This time of year, my parents’ are trying to finish up spring planting and stay ahead of the weeds that are coming on strong. So far, so good.

celery starts // Wayward Spark

celery starts

Oven and Earth Farm // Wayward Spark

my dad and his hoe

leeks and weeds // Wayward Spark

weeds in the leeks

cabbage, broccoli, and peas // Wayward Spark

cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and peas

peas // Wayward Spark

The peas are just getting started. I think they may be my favorite vegetable of all time, and my kids are also obsessed with them, too.

grapes in the garden // Wayward Spark

new beds and old grape vines

chard // Wayward Spark


zucchini plants // Wayward Spark


zucchini blossoms // Wayward Spark

zucchini blossom

fennel // Wayward Spark

My mom started some fennel for the first time this year.

garden bridge // Wayward Spark

foot bridge over Woods Creek that bisects my parents’ property

cucumber plant // Wayward Spark

My parents always plant head lettuce among the cucumber plants because it’ll be done before the cucumbers take over the beds.

play structure in the garden // Wayward Spark

 the swingset/playhouse

purple basil starts // Wayward Spark

purple basil starts to sell at the farmers’ market

corn starts // Wayward Spark

The corn is up.

green bean starts // Wayward Spark

green beans

garden prep // Wayward Spark

Kit killed at least three rodents while my dad was rototilling.

leeks // Wayward Spark

more leeks

honeysuckle // Wayward Spark

They have the most amazing honeysuckle covering the back of the chicken coop. I think it appreciates all the chicken poop fertilizer.

honeysuckle in the garden // Wayward Spark

┬áThere’s that honeysuckle again with a glimpse of the sandbox as the evening faded into night.

I hope y’all had a nice weekend as well. Take care! xoxo Camille

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

EcoGrrl June 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

Good dog!!! PS I *love* the footbridge!


Eleanor June 10, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Sounds like an amazing weekend. You’re lucky to have grown up in such a wonderful place!


Camille June 15, 2013 at 9:10 am

Lucky indeed!


Kathy June 10, 2013 at 8:20 pm

So fun to see the garden in the beginning stages…it changes every day. Thanks for sharing!


Alicia P. June 11, 2013 at 9:52 am

Oh my wonder, it’s a paradise. How gorgeous.


Linda June 12, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Thanks for your beautiful pictures and sharing the story of your weekend in your parents’ garden. Reminds me of the many summer days when I spent time with my folks. They were always in the garden and had such wonderful produce and flowers. They sold the place five years ago (they are now 95 years old!!) and I miss those special times with them and the smell of the soil and plants and blossoms. The peas were also my favorite. My fondest childhood memories are of sitting under the ancient ash tree, shelling them, and eating some fresh out of the pod. These are indeed times to treasure.


sarah June 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I need to plant some honeysuckle near my chickens!!


Amanda R. June 15, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I just returned from a week-long business trip in a large city. =0/
It was your pictures and blog that kept me going at the end of everyday, especially since my family was too busy with the end of school to send me pictures of our garden. Thank you so much for sharing. Reading your blog always feels like a quick chat with one of my many sisters and a breathe of fresh air. =0)


Karen June 26, 2013 at 2:26 pm

The purple basil is gorgeous. Love the photos.


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